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A police force put 26 of its cars out of action by filling up with the wrong fuel, it was reported.

Officers working for North Wales Police cost the taxpayer nearly £3,000 in the last 12 months by pumping gallons of petrol into their diesel engines, reported the Welsh Daily Post.

In 2006 the force introduced bright yellow filler cap covers marked with the word “diesel”. But that did not stop officers making the same mistake 26 times.

via Metro.co.uk

October 31, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | , , | Comments Off on Oops!!

Head ’em up! Move ’em out!

More at msnbc.com

When gas prices hit $4 a gallon, the staff at Dr. Keith Leonard’s dental office [Arlington, Washington} figured it was time to pony up. Since more than half of the dental assistants and office staff own horses, on Wednesday the crew saddled up and rode in to work.

“We decided that when gas got to $4 a gallon, we would all ride in,” Leonard said.

Ten riders and two bicyclists met up at Leonard’s home about four miles north of his office for the commute. City officials in Arlington, located about 50 miles north of Seattle, granted them a special permit to ride as a group.

June 30, 2008 Posted by | animals, People | , , | Comments Off on Head ’em up! Move ’em out!

You thought gas was expensive in the US?

More at Daily Express: petrol sells at £9 a gallon

The price of petrol hit a new high yesterday with one garage owner charging an astonishing £9.10 a gallon.

The news was greeted with fury by motorists who are suffering increasing torment as the tanker drivers’ strike bites deep.


That’s almost $20 a gallon, folks. Lots more at the link above.

June 17, 2008 Posted by | Cars | , , | Comments Off on You thought gas was expensive in the US?

Add petrol? At $4+ per gallon?


A cartoon issued to provide extra guidance on top of the “Olympic cheering practice” sessions that have been held for workers around Beijing for the last year shows a young girl in the approved postures.

In the first frame she is beginning to clap; in the second, doing a thumbs-up gesture; in the third, clapping again; and in the fourth, holding both arms up in the air.

In time, she also chants: “Aoyun! Jia You! Zhongguo! Jia You!” – meaning “Olympics! Add petrol! China! Add petrol!”

“Add petrol!”, the nation’s favourite sporting chant, is more usually translated as “Go, Go!”

June 6, 2008 Posted by | People | , | Comments Off on Add petrol? At $4+ per gallon?

Petrol Is cheaper here? That just means others are getting screwed worse.

Despite the increase, people in the United States still pay significantly less for gasoline than people in many other countries.

The Price of Fuel | How Countries Compare

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Alternate fuels, Cars | , , | Comments Off on Petrol Is cheaper here? That just means others are getting screwed worse.

Petrol price in England twice what it is in US


People in the US are reportedly changing their holiday plans – after petrol reached the “ridiculous” price of up to 50p a litre. The national average for unleaded fuel is $3.53 a US gallon – which works out at just over 47p a litre. But the price in California, the most expensive state for ‘gas’ in the US, has reached 51p a litre with diesel even higher at 59p.

US motorists will get little sympathy from their British counterparts where petrol is well over £1 a litre and diesel around £1.20.


100p per pound. You do the math.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Cars | , , | 7 Comments